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Nash on Tortorella call: “He seemed really intense”

Jul 27, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

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Rick Nash spent the last few days getting familiar with his new surroundings. He was a guest instructor at a Rangers’ youth hockey camp, went out for dinner with Brad Richards and made plans to go house-hunting in the Big Apple.

Oh yeah, he also spoke with his new coach.

Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record caught up with Nash on Thursday and learned No. 61’s first call with John Tortorella was…passionate.

“[Tortorella] called me right after the deal went down,” Nash said. “He seemed really intense but he seemed really helpful.

“From what I understand, he’s a very demanding and tough guy to play for and he really preaches hard work. That’s what you expect from a coach, that’s what you want.”

While  no specifics were revealed, the call probably involved some talk of line combos, specifically the one most New York fans dream about — a first line with Nash, Richards and last year’s leading goalscorer, Marian Gaborik.

The Slovakian sniper is out until December after shoulder surgery, but Gross noted Tortorella “could put the three All-Stars together” when Gaborik returns to full health.

That’s fine with Nash, who added he can play either left or right wing.

“I like both for different reasons,” he said. “Left, I like coming out of my own end with my stick protecting me. And right, I like having my stick in the middle to shoot and protecting the puck.”

  1. zaksyuk - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    I would honestly say im glad hes out of my teams division but what difference does it make? LOL

  2. 950003cups - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Give Nash 50 games before Tortsy loses his lunch. Rangers should have kept the team they had and maybe traded Gaborik away. I can’t wait when Torts benches Nash for not blocking shots like a human sandbag. Once Gaborik, Richards, and Nash get together and show Tortorella that their contracts outlive his, it’s all gonna collapse. Sather should have kept the blue collar team he had. They were gelled and strong. They trusted each other, and played for each other. that’s all out the window now that you have 3 new captains on one team with 3 different styles. Richards was the good signing. Gaborik and Nash were not.

    • rarelyshaves - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      So true, I’m Perplexed by the drastic identity shift this offseason as well

      • nyrangersnation - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        I’m perplexed at how little you know about hockey

    • richter35lundqvist30 - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      Yeah because they shipped out Callahan, Girardi, McDonough, Staal, Stepan, Boyle, etc… Identity is clearly gone. Losing two bottom six forwards doesn’t change the team’s identity as long as the remaining pieces continue in the same direction. Gaborik and Richards really were detracting from the teams identity last season too. Fools.

    • richter35lundqvist30 - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Yeah because they shipped out Callahan, Girardi, McDonough, Staal, Stepan, Boyle, etc… Identity is clearly gone. Losing two bottom six forwards doesn’t change the team’s identity as long as the remaining pieces continue in the same direction. Gaborik and Richards really were detracting from the teams identity last season too. Fool.

    • nyrangersnation - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      You’re an idiot. They were one of the lowest scoring playoff teams. How would trading Gaborik help? Tortorella was quoted as saying when you have a guy like Nash you have to let him loose. Gaborik wasn’t benched for not blocking a shot. He was rested for playing with a torn rotator cuff. If you’re going to comment at least know your crap.

  3. cruuuzcontrol - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Yeah, a blue collar mentality is nice, but you need to score goals to win. The Rangers didn’t have enough pure goal-scoring talent to do it last season. Let’s hold off on talking about how this team can’t gel until they actually, you know… Play a game or two. I for one think Nash will fit in fine and have no problem playing sufficiently in his own zone. Everyone seems to end up in Tortsy’s crosshairs during the season for one reason or another… I’m sure Nash will be prepared when his moment comes and it won’t affect his play overall, just like it didn’t affect Gabby’s ability to pot 40.

  4. earlcpeacock - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    who cares about this its all about soup can sid

    • nyrangersnation - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Have fun with your first round knockout soup can sid.

  5. 950003cups - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Why is he called soup can Sid?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      DON’T FEED THE TROLLS

  6. charleslouis99 - Jul 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    they’re not trolls they’re mindless thralls that have listened to anything told to them by the corrupt empire that is the Pittsburgh penguins lol
    Richards and Nash will be deadly

  7. 950003cups - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    None of you fools have a clue what your talking about. Take off the rangers goggles and take a peek. You went from 2 to 3 big egos (when Gaborik returns) to buck heads with Torts’ even bigger ego.

    The reason they couldn’t score was because they were weak on a defensive game plan (not talent) so instead of working to figure it out Tortorella put on a band-aid and had the entire team collapsing in front of Lundqvist blocking shots. Yes, Gaborik was benched for not blocking a shot. Had nothing to do with his shoulder.

    You have very little cap space as it is, and Lundqvist’s contract is about to expire along with several other kids.

    Also, a big piece of the CBA is to outlaw burying contracts in the minors (calling Mr Redden) and that might also count on the cap if it goes through without a buyout window. If Lundqvist gets injured for any long period, then the Rangers will be The NY Islanders II. I hear Olli Jokinen is looking to play in NY.

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